Fears over supermarket bus plan

First published in Wallingford

SUPERMARKET giant Morrisons has pledged to fund more frequent bus journeys between Wallingford town centre and the industrial park where it wants to build a new store.

But traders fear the investment to bring people to the new food store on the Hithercroft industrial estate could hurt shops in the town centre.

They are planning an emergency meeting to discuss the proposal.

Last month Morrisons staged a two-day exhibition about its plans for the new store which will bring £25m of investment, create 300 full and part-time jobs, a filling station and a 280-space car park.

The company is now preparing a planning application.

Wallingford in Business spokesman Elaine Hornsby said: “This is a worrying development. It shows Morrisons are taking steps to make sure they get customers to their door.

“If people are being bussed from a village like Brightwell-cum-Sotwell to Morrisons then they are not going to travel into the town centre with all their bags afterwards.”

Mayor Ros Lester said: “If Morrisons come I hope it will mean local shoppers shop in Wallingford rather than Didcot.

“If there is a special meeting for traders the council would be happy to host the meeting.”

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7:54pm Mon 29 Oct 12

JWalk says...

Lets put it this way, if Morrisons build a new shop in Wallingford I for one will travel from Didcot to Wallingford to shop there. I may even head into the town centre to buy a few things also. Can't see it happening though as townsfolk seem to be against anything that means change.
Lets put it this way, if Morrisons build a new shop in Wallingford I for one will travel from Didcot to Wallingford to shop there. I may even head into the town centre to buy a few things also. Can't see it happening though as townsfolk seem to be against anything that means change. JWalk
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6:47am Tue 30 Oct 12

Victor's_friend says...

Wallingford in Business spokesman Elaine Hornsby said: “This is a worrying development. It shows Morrisons are taking steps to make sure they get customers to their door

Only a female spokesman would say such un unbusinesslike thing. the town traders could get off their hands and try to get customers to and into their shops. guess they complained when tesco abingdon opened and had tesco bussing in from the surrounds.
Wallingford in Business spokesman Elaine Hornsby said: “This is a worrying development. It shows Morrisons are taking steps to make sure they get customers to their door Only a female spokesman would say such un unbusinesslike thing. the town traders could get off their hands and try to get customers to and into their shops. guess they complained when tesco abingdon opened and had tesco bussing in from the surrounds. Victor's_friend
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9:36am Tue 30 Oct 12

Darkforbid says...

Yep I hate this type business group,,, I mean what are they saying? A business should be discouraging customers, to help other local businesses?
Yep I hate this type business group,,, I mean what are they saying? A business should be discouraging customers, to help other local businesses? Darkforbid
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